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Softball Gains Split Of GNAC Twinbill With Saint Joseph's (Maine) By Posting 13-2 Opening Game Victory

SUFFOLK SOFTBALL
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Puopolo Field, Boston, Mass.

GAME #1 FINAL:  SUFFOLK 13, SAINT JOSEPH’S (MAINE) 2
      123 45  R H E
Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (17-10, 12-5 GNAC) 010 10 - 2 8 6
Suffolk (12-17, 11-8 Great Northeast)  550 3x - 13 12 2
BATTERIES
SJM: Kiera Walsh and Ellen Neff
SUF: Jenna Mourey and Ashley Gaboriault
WP: Mourey (6-7) LP: Walsh (11-4)

GAME #2 FINAL:  SAINT JOSEPH’S (MAINE) 23, SUFFOLK 2
      123 45  R H E
Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (18-10, 13-5 GNAC) 607 82 - 23 23 1
Suffolk (12-18, 11-9 Great Northeast)  000 02 - 2 5 5 
BATTERIES
SJM: Christy Wezowicz and Natasha Howard
SUF: Jenna Mourey, Rebecca Schalit (1), Mourey (3) and Ashley Gaboriault
WP: Wezowicz (7-6) LP: Mourey (6-8) 
Home Runs: SJM – Alysn Ludwig (1); SUF – Kellie Hurlock (2)

BOSTON, Mass.--  Junior Jess Ferreira (Cambridge, Mass.) and sophomore Erin O’Donnell (Groton, Mass.) each rapped out a pair of hits and drove in three runs to lead Suffolk to a 13-2 opening game victory and a split of a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader with Saint Joseph’s (Maine), as the visiting Monks collected 23 hits en route to a 23-2 win in the nightcap in games played Thursday afternoon at Puopolo Field.

The host Rams (12-18, 11-9 Great Northeast) plated five runs in each of the first two innings of the opening contest, as a two-run single by junior Rebecca Schalit (Miami, Fla.) highlighted the first frame and O’Donnell’s two-run double capped the second inning.  Suffolk iced its triumph with three more tallies in the fourth on O’Donnell third RBI of the game to go with a two-run triple by junior Marie Trainor (Winthrop, Mass.), as Ferriera, Schalit, O’Donnell and freshman Monica Cioffi (East Boston, Mass.) each had two hits in the first game for the hosts in support of senior Jenna Mourey (Rochester, N.Y.), who scattered eight hits and struck out a pair to earn his sixth win of the season.  Freshman Ellen Neff (Chester, Vt.) drove in both runs with RBI singles in the opening setback for Saint Joseph’s (18-10, 13-5 Great Northeast), who also received two hits each from sophomore Jillian Kimball (Albany Township, Maine) and freshman Cat DeSimone (Waterboro, Maine).  Freshman Kiera Walsh (Benton, Maine) allowed six earned runs and struck out three in going the route in the first contest for the Monks.

Saint Joseph’s raced out to a 6-0 first inning lead in the nightcap and added seven more in the third, highlighted by a three-run homer off the bat of junior Alysn Ludwig (Waldoboro, Maine) and a three-run triple by senior Megan Farrell (Abington, Mass.), and the Monks iced their triumph with eight runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth.  DeSimone collected four of Saint Joseph’s 23 hits in the second contest, as the Monks received three hits and three RBI each from Kimball and Farrell as well as two hits off the bats of Ludwig, sophomores Libby Van der Linden (Worcester, Mass.) and Anna Willis (Gorham, Maine) as well as freshmen Sarah Gordon (Hallowell, Maine), Renee Leach (Shapleigh, Maine) and Natasha Howard (Farmington, Maine).  Sophomore Christy Wezowicz (Granville, Mass.) scattered five hits and struck out three in going the distance for Saint Joseph’s to pick up her seventh victory of the spring.  Junior Kellie Hurlock (East Lyme, Conn.) belted her second home run of the season in the setback for Suffolk, which also received an RBI single from Trainor.  Mourey suffered the setback in three-plus innings of work for the Rams.

Suffolk heads to Nashua, N.H. on Friday afternoon for a Great Northeast doubleheader with Daniel Webster that begins at 2:00 p.m., while Saint Joseph’s also travels to Nashua, N.H. on Friday to take on Rivier in a Great Northeast twinbill that begins at 4:00 p.m.